PEORIA -- The Salvation Army is following the Dream Center's lead. It's in discussion with the YWCA to take over its Day Center programs.
Those programs include providing a place for the homeless to come during the day to do things like make phone calls and shower.
Spokesperson Rich Draeger said the Salvation Army is figuring out what it will take to transfer those operations.
He said it already serves many of the same people the YWCA does, so it makes sense for it to step in. "There's no hesitation certainly and we definitely want to help those people. It's a matter of fact, a lot of those people that go to that day program are the same clients that we see over night. We just want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row and everything in proper form so when we take that program on we have it fully staffed and that we have the right programs for those people."
The Salvation Army is figuring out its financial situation. Draeger said the switch could involve hiring more employees and it would need to change its hours to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.